Guest blogs and EVE Alpha

You are at home: a dark cupboard under the stairs of Raspberry Pi Towers. The screen of an Escom P75 glows faintly, warding off grues. To the east, faint cracks of light define an small, unfamiliar door.

You have a sonic screwdriver, a half-eaten packet of Spangles and a Bable Fish.

>open door, e
You scuttle crab-like into the hallway, shielding your eyes against the violent glare. To the north, a vast marble staircase sweeps upwards and out of sight. There is a largish machine being operated down the hall to the east. A bust of Clive Sinclair squats purposefully in an alcove to the south.

>examine bust
The bust is beautifully sculpted from snow-white alabaster and has a faint, eerie glow. A ragged sign hangs around its neck by garden twine.

>read sign
Written in red crayon on the back of a Netto cornflake box it says, “Back in two weeks. All passwords are ‘123456’. Sort it out.”

And that, dear readers, is the true story of how I found myself looking after the blog for a fortnight. Please bear with me as I’m rather etiolated…

Guest blogs and EVE Alpha

Thanks to everyone who sent in a guest blog: there’s some amazing stuff going on out there and we really are privileged to have such a talented and passionate community. The first guest blog will be posted tomorrow with regular appearances thereafter.

In the meantime, Dominic of Nottingham Hackspace has told us about a wireless development board for the Raspberry Pi called EVE Alpha, developed by some of the Hackspace folk and a tiny local electronics firm CISECO.  It’s on Kickstarter if you want further details and/or to support it. I’m posting this now because EVE alpha is being demonstrated at the Nottingham Raspberry Jam tomorrow, Tuesday 6th November.  Get down to the Cape Bar on Victoria Street in Nottingham  for 6.30pm and say hello! Sorry for the (very) short notice but if you are in the area then this is a chance to be one of the first to see what looks to be a very interesting piece of kit.


JamesH avatar

I think I speak for the whole community, when I say “Arggghhhh, who put Clive in charge of the blog?”

ukscone avatar

it was either you or Clive and i’m sure the community is applauding the sensible decision to put Clive in charge rather than you although he does seem to have swallowed a dictionary with all them long words

Peter avatar

“with all them long words” :)
I have to read twice to understand the story. I’m not a native English speaker.

Marek avatar

I’m German. He’s not using any words I would consider “long” ;)

TankSlappa avatar

They’re not long words, it’s just a sentence with all the spaces stolen :-p

Sputum avatar

Even as a native English speaker, I don’t see “etiolated” used very often.

Of course, no word is going to considered long if you have such gems as “Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz” in your vocabulary.

root@ avatar

I feel as if I am in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.

mahjongg avatar

I have the same feeling LOL

Ian avatar

My brother’s Escom P60 only got retired from its faxing duties two or three years ago. What a machine.

Tony Kao avatar

“Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, ooh, this could be a little more sonic!”
“What, you’ve never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?”

root@ avatar

…never had to face Daleks?

Ben J avatar


m0ntala avatar

That could be the start of a really great adventure game! ;)

Can we have some more please?

Wombat avatar

No mention of the Elite remake? Will it be on the PI?

Ravenous avatar

If it was like the last elite remake it will barely run on the PC…

Kris Chaplin avatar

Escom P75 – that takes me back….

Martyn Jones avatar

Ah Netto, that takes me back too – it sure must be an old box of cornflakes.

AskAboutXenu avatar

I was enjoying that! More of the adventure game transcript, please! I grew up on a diet of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Dennis Through the Drinking Glass’. And ‘Adventure’ / Colossal Cave before that. Remember the bit where you kill the dragon? (“With your bare hands?” >Yes. “OK, it’s dead.”)

(But if we’re going retro, can anybody remind me how to stop the babelfish from shooting across the floor and sliding under the cabinet, out of reach…)

Wombat avatar

Just remenber “xyzzy” and every thing becomes clear

dave avatar

If I remember you had to hang your gown on the hook, cover a gap with the towel, and possibly use the mattress to block another hole.

dave avatar

And I seem to remember having to block one space with your satchel, putting the junk mail on top so it flew into the air and distracted a cleaning robot.

Ashley Basil avatar

Have you feed the cats?
Mooncake could get nasty!
We would hate to see abrupt end to you!

clive avatar

Mooncake is riding the floor waxer.

Sergiu Partenie avatar


clive avatar

It’s a text adventure :)

Ashley Basil avatar

Google video “cat roomba”

root@ avatar

All your base are belong….

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